Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Science

The Pre-Engineering program covers the courses in the first two years of an engineering degree (Bachelor of Science). Students take basic physics and math courses as well as general education courses required by most of engineering schools. Upon completion of program, successful students can transfer to a 4-year institution to complete their final two years of engineering. The articulation agreements with some schools in Michigan make the transfer of our graduates easier. NOTE: Because the elective courses required for the various fields of engineering may vary slightly, students should meet with the Engineering Faculty Advisor for assistance with registering for the correct series of courses.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Describe the theories and principles of engineering physics in the areas of mechanics, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, wave motion, and physical optics.
  • Apply standard methods of mathematical analysis including trigonometry and analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus, and the solutions to differential equations.
  • Name the general concepts of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, the laws of thermodynamics, and energy exchange.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a team environment in order to successfully follow a design process and/or build a prototype.
  • Use the computer successfully to store and process technical data, work with the Internet, and prepare a presentation.
  • Demonstrate professional ethics appropriate to the field of engineering.
  • Define the roles of different engineers and decide his/her engineering major/school.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Science degrees require at least 24 credits total, including at least three credits from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete all of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credit hours: 31

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

NOTE: Student should meet with the Engineering Faculty Advisor before selecting any courses from this area.

  1. Humanities: Complete 6 credit hours from:

    • Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL); World Languages (American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); or World Religions (WR).
  2. Science and Mathematics: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Core Courses in this program.

  3. Social Science: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Support Courses in this program.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific Requirements minimum credit hours: 6

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Requirements for different fields of engineering and schools vary. Students must consult with Engineering Faculty Advisor to plan an appropriate course of study for the area of engineering and the college or university to which they intend to transfer. The minimum requirement for earning the Associate in Science degree in Pre-Engineering is 60 credit hours. However, engineering schools will accept as many as seven additional courses from HFC transfer students toward Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this by completing as many courses at HFC as possible that will eventually transfer to another academic institution.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Math and Science Division • 313-845-9631 • • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-122
Hassan Mohseni Nameghi • 313-317-1746 • • Science Bldg • Room: J-106A

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Career Opportunities: 

After completion of program and transfer to a 4-year institution, engineering students can specialize in fields such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Computer and electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Civil, including structural, transportation, environmental, geotechnical, urban planning, and water resources.